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Stars-Red Wings Preview

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Detroit Red Wings at Dallas Stars

Saturday February 21, 2015
7:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (27-23-8) lost 5-2 to San Jose Thursday. The loss dropped the Stars six points behind San Jose for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

“We are both jockeying for some position here, and it’s a tough one to lose,” said Stars defenseman Trevor Daley. “We have to put it in the past and flush that one out and move on to the next one.”

The Stars have three games in the next four days, including two teams they are chasing in the playoff race – at Minnesota (Sunday) and at Winnipeg (Tuesday). But first up is Detroit on Saturday.

“We’ve got to move onto the next one,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “We know they are team that has a good power play. Our discipline is going to have to be good. They’ve got some pretty good finishers. We just have to focus on that.”

Ales Hemsky, who has missed the last three games with a lower-body injury, is expected to return for Saturday’s game against Detroit.

Saturday’s game wraps up a two-game homestand for the Stars.

Injuries: RW Ales Hemsky (lower body) is probable. C Tyler Seguin (knee), RW Patrick Eaves (concussion), RW Valeri Nichushkin (hip) and LW Travis Moen are out.

About the Red Wings

The Red Wings (32-14-10) snapped a three-game winless streak with a 3-2 shootout win at Chicago on Thursday. Jimmy Howard stopped 32 shots in regulation and overtime and two of three in the shootout. Forward Tomas Tatar scored in both regulation and the shootout.

It's important," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. "You don't want to keep losing. You want to get back on track. We were fortunate. We had some guys really dig in for us, including [Howard], but we've got to get better than we were tonight."

The Red Wings recalled D Jakub Kindl from Grand Rapids of the AHL on Friday due to an injury to D Kyle Quincey, who is questionable for Saturday.

Saturday’s game is the second of a six-game road trip for Detroit.

Injuries: D Kyle Quincey (lower body) is questionable. RW Johan Franzen (concussion symptoms) is out.

Series Notes

*This is the second and final meeting between the Stars and Red Wings this season.

*The Red Wings won the first meeting, 5-2, in Detroit on Dec. 4.

*The Red Wings have won five straight games in Dallas.

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars are 3-5-1 in their past nine games at home and are 12-12-6 at American Airlines Center this season.

*The Red Wings are 8-3-0 in their past eleven games on the road and are 15-9-3 away from home this season.

*Detroit is 13-2-2 vs. the Western Conference including 8-0-2 vs. the Central Division.

*The Stars are 12-10-1 vs. the Eastern Conference including 5-7-0 vs. the Atlantic Division.

*Detroit ranks first in power play percentage since the All-Star break at 29.2 percent (7-24).

*Dallas ranks second in power play percentage since the All-Star break at 28.6 percent (12-42).

*The Stars are 11-11 on the penalty kill in the past five games.

*The Red Wings are 19-21 on the penalty kill over the past six games.

*Stars center Jason Spezza is on a seven-game points streak (three goals, eight assists).

*Stars captain Jamie Benn is on a five-game points streak (six goals, three assists).

*Red Wings forward Darren Helm has scored five goals in the past eight games.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

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